Spring is here


The recent high winds have left hardly any almond blossom on the trees, but finally the wind has dropped and we can safely go for a walk without donkeys going loopy, for the wind sends them very skittish indeed!  Here are Morris and Rubí enjoying the sort of walk they like: just another opportunity to eat out.  Meanwhile, Aitana lounges around in the paddock, getting back into her summer routine of sleeping in the sunshine.


For Grandpa Zeke, “piliersdelaterre,” Margaret Butterworth, those all those commenters who just like photos of the donkeys, here are some more of the self-portraits with Matilde and Morris.  Close up with the donks:


And for those weird people who come to this blog just to see pictures of me, and do not want to be distracted by the donkeys, here is my latest attempt to take the Lenten fast seriously by eating in a Mexican restaurant in Vilajoiosa, where there is very little on the menu worth eating, but the restaurant owner continually pours brimming glasses of tequila until you genuinely believe that you have had a good meal.


I shall be glad when this Lent fast is over and I can get back to proper food.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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11 Responses to Spring is here

  1. Fr Hugh says:

    You make me want to add donkeys to the sheep we already keep. Your crew seem full of personality!


  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Fr Hugh, they certainly are full of personality. The donkey people are very distinct individuals. Oddly enough, the most affectionate of the four is the male. Morris is extremely soppy and has recently developed a quite alarming tendency to lick my socks.

  3. orthodoxgirl99 says:

    Euuuuwww! Tequila?!! That would be penance enough for me! As for Morris and his predeliction for licking socks?!….the poor child needs to get out more. He’s been listening to you singing Monty Python songs again hasn’t he….he’ll wearing high heels next 😉

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    You have to understand, orthodoxgirl99, that our generation was completely undermined by Monty Python. Weaker spirited people in these times, would use it as an excuse for abandoning reality and fighting in Syria.

    In 1969 (I think it was), in RAF Halton barrack block A, we all watched the Python camp army soldiers on parade on TV and laughed our heads off. We decided to organise a stunt. Next morning, Anson Flight lined up on parade and did the whole camp routine. An astonished Corporal Heron ran inside and summoned Flight Lieutenant Fenton, who decided we should all be confined to camp. All leave was cancelled. Powerful sketch.

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  6. grace says:

    Nice to you and the donkeys looking so happy!

  7. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you Grace! And do have a holy and Mexican Lent. Take a look at the new post, just up: not my donkeys for a change, but the Irish donkey sanctuary. Lovely photo. http://brotherlapin.com/2015/03/03/just-beautiful/

  8. Fr Hugh says:

    Probably best I don’t enquire about your socks too closely. Not gentlemanly, and all that. 😉

  9. Frere Rabit says:

    As a Franciscan at heart, I am ashamed to be even wearing socks in Lent, but there is a dress code in the school where I teach, so that’s my excuse.

    Thanks for your comment, Fr Hugh: it’s always good to hear from you.

  10. orthodoxgirl99 says:

    Having gone right back to the beginning of your captivating blog, I missed your reply to my first comment and the clip you uploaded! Hilarious…I love MP and grew up on all their wacky humour. A colleague and I often re-play bits in the office to make ourselves laugh (it’s all Greek to the youngsters – they haven’t lived, having grown up on a putrid diet of East Enders and other such garbage). Keep blogging – excellent to read about Finestrat, 4 donks, a battered F Fiesta and foolishness!

  11. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks, Maria Gabriella. I’m pleased to see a reader take such delight in exploring the blog and reminding me of some of the old pages from five years ago. I shall be updating the blog shortly today, having just had a phone call from France with some sad news about Dalie the donkey who features on my home page and was the inspiration for my life with donkeys. Barbara phoned to tell me Dalie died earlier this week. I am going to write a special tribute blog post for Dalie.Dalie the pilgrim donkey, Chemin S. Jacques, August 2010

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